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Marko Meets a Real Cowboy

  • Marko proudly displays his cowboy outfit

  • Marko is ready for some fun in the Wild West

  • Marko's wish of meeting a real cowboy is about to come true!

  • Marko waves his hat like a true cowboy

  • Marko's wish to meet a real cowboy came true

  • Learning how to lasso is a part of being a cowboy

  • Wish kid Marko enjoying a fun tractor ride

  • Marko having a blast at the Dixie Dude Ranch

  • The family poses with the cowboys

  • Marko enjoys the atmosphere of being a cowboy

  • Marko learns how to fish

  • Dude ranches have all kinds of fun things!

  • Marko spends quality time learning about the cowboy lifestyle

  • Marko gets caught in a lasso!

  • Cowboys can goof off sometimes too!

  • Marko enjoys spending time with his fellow cowboy comrades

  • Marko is focused on his duties as a cowboy

  • Marko rides a horse with his mom

  • Marko loves horseback riding

“ We had a trip of a lifetime! ”


- Tatiana, Marko's mother

Three year old Marko is a fearless little boy. Diagnosed with stage 2 clear cell sarcoma, a rare cancer of the soft tissue, he doesn’t let his medical battles get in the way of adventure.

Marko is fascinated with cowboys and the Wild West. His wish to meet a real cowboy took him to Dixie Dude Ranch in Bandera, TX, an experience beyond his wildest imagination.

Marko dressed for the part, complete with a cowboy hat, stylish boots, a red vest, and a play red shotgun! Yet the colors on Marko’s cowboy outfit looked faded in comparison to the bright smile he had as he learned how to lasso a rope and even get lassoed himself! His mother, Tatiana shares,

“He was 100% into the cowboy role!”

After a day of fishing, horseback riding and tending to the ranch, Marko got to spend the evening around the campfire toasting marshmallows with his fellow comrades. His face was filled with uncontainable joy as he basked the company of the cowboys he so admired.

“We had a trip of a lifetime” said Tatiana. “We associate the trip with us celebrating a successful completion of Marko’s chemotherapy.”

The joyous memories from the cowboys of Dixie Dude Ranch will forever mark the end of his chemotherapy treatment and the start of more new exciting adventures for Marko.

Thank you to our volunteers for whole-heartedly giving their time to bring joy to a child whose dreams should not be taken away. ”

— Marko's mother, Tatiana

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